Dorotheos of Gaza

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A monk known for his sermons, Dorotheos of Gaza was born c. 500 in Antioch into a wealthy family. He received a classical education and developed a love of books. He became a monk and was a disciple of Barsanuphrios. C. 540, he left this monastery to found his own. He may have left because of his fondness for the writings of Evagrius Pontus, whose work is sometimes considered similar to that of Origen, whom Barsanuphrios had condemned. As archimandrite, Dorotheos wrote spiritual instructions for his monks in which he praises humility above all the other virtues. Dorotheos died c. 560, and his works are known largely through quotations found in the writings of Theodore of Studios and his disciples. (Source and © Karen Rae Keck)

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